Daily Archives: March 30, 2014


Ha!!!  DOUBLE HA!!!  HA!!!  We live at the Beach…on Anastasia Island.  Yep, a “FLOODING ZONE”!  🙂  Our house has survived Hurricanes and Tropical Storms– we have not suffered a direct “HIT” … to date, but we’ve “enjoyed” evacuations (mini vacations to our children), high winds, hard and heavy rains, rising water levels, angry ocean waves, etc.

Our house has survived it all… until our 2014 Battle”… with the pipes!!!  Those dreaded pipes…they’re EVERYWHERE!!!  In the yard.   In the garage.  They’re even in bathrooms, hallways, bedrooms, kitchens, closets, etc.  THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!!!

Our house is a bit “weathered,” from years of daily living, Hurricane scares, Tropical storms, 2 separate families, including parents, children, and pets.  Unfortunately, we have not been able to keep up with renovation needs since Medicare reform hit the economy in Jan. 1999, A.K.A.:  P.P.S(Prospective payment system).  We are now being hit… AGAIN… with Healthcare reform, A.K.A.:  Obamacare .  ARE YOU KIDDING ME???  OBAMACARE?  NO, OBAMA DON’T CARE!!!” Please revisit that post, dated 2/8/14, to review…for “fun”.  😉

Our household piping “issues” have been plaguing us for going on 3 weeks now!  Week 1:  identify problems and begin re-piping the Allen household.

Week 2:  continue re-piping and begin “repairs” of holes made, purposefully… in walls AND holes made, accidentally… in ceilings!  Pipes began “BURSTING” in our master bath and bed rooms with water covering tile and carpet floorings, late on Fri., 3/29/14!!!

WEEK 3:  I leave house at 6:30 am on Sat. 3/30/14 to volunteer at Mud Mania event.  Enter “Johnny” from Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Jacksonville, FL.  He “fixes” the pipe problem and both my guys head over to help out with the Eagle Scout project.  We all return home around 1:00 pm-ish, chilled from the nasty weather conditions.  2 warm/hot showers completed and guess what?  THAT’S RIGHT!!!  The pipes “BURST”… for a second time… within 15 hrs.!!!  WATER EVERYWHERE!!!  AGAIN!!!

“Johnny,” from Mr. Rooter Plumbing in Jacksonville, FL identified the cause.   Our pipe “ISSUES” have now been resolved… I HOPE!!!  I do believe the repair “team” will be back this next week for “patch-up” work so that we can close this case file on the Allen Household plumbing project!!!  AMEN!!!


FL MUD RUN, 2014!!!



Continued water/pipe trouble at the Allen household.  (For those keeping track…this is week #3 of   “pipe probs” at the Allen Household!!!  I am still “Gliding” along, folks!!!  🙂

MUD RUN, 2014…WAS AMAZING!!!  I… oh yeah… “Jill Allen”(that’s me)…worked the a.m. finish line!!!  I handed “MUD RUN 2014” lanyards to finishers as they crossed… that line!!!  “THIS”… WAS SOOOOO “ME,” folks!!!  Mud Run 2014… cheerleader… OH YEAH… “CHEERLEADER” at the FINISH LINE!!!  Almost like… “BARNIBAS,”…encourager from the Bible …or perhaps a bit more like that “role” I played as facility, “MCNRC  CHEERLEADER” at our annual “TALENT-LESS SHOW”!!!  SO, SO FUN!!!  Yep, MCNRC cheerleader was one of those roles I assumed to “fake” my way to feeling “GREAT”!!!  Refer to the post from 9/8/13, “Getting through Each Day…” for a re-cap.

Yep, I was the finish line “lady,” lanyard passer-outer, at today’s FL SAVAGE RACE 9am-12:30 pm.  SO, SO FUN!!!  And I would like to pay a special tribute to those “finishers” who celebrated by hugging the finish line lady (me) post their crossing of “that” line…Yep…”THX.!!!” I arrived home, 1pm-ish ET, SOAKING WET (mostly from the rain), MUDDIED ( from those “HUGS,”)  AND FREEZING!!!  GO TEAM!!!  WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!  Thanks for including me in your “MUD MANIA” FUN!!!

A Clean-up crew will be there on Sunday, 3/30/14 to restore the grounds for up-coming events.

For info. on bringing this amazing EVENT to your area please go to Savagerace.com for details.  AGAIN, I had such an amazing time volunteering for  FL MUD MANIA, 2014!!!